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Ulster U21 Q-Final: Belcoo 2-10 Monaghan Harps 0-4
Jan. 23, 2011
Belcoo produced an excellent hour of football to secure their place in the Ulster Club Under 21 Semi Finals following a superb 2-10 to 0-4 victory over Monaghan Harps in Creggan on Sunday.
It was the Harps who had the better of the opening exchanges, Donal Hahessy registered the opening score on two minutes while Belcoo goalkeeper Aidan Leonard was forced to make a great save before Eoin Leonard and Ryan McGovern combined to clear the danger.
Jonathan Feeley pointed after collecting a pass for Brian Cox and the next score was to be a goal by Ryan Leonard, a mix up in the Monaghan defense allowed the twin to break through and finish well. Following this goal Belcoo grew in confidence, Ronan Ferguson added a free but again it was Hahessy who responsed.
Midway through the half Belcoo hit the woodwork twice from two well worked moves but it took a good Shain Gallagher score to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Ronan Ferguson again added a free as Belcoo stretched their lead.
By the closing moments of the half Belcoo's defense were on top and looking solid while in the middle third Belcoo were on winning the majority of possession and looked dangerous with every attack. Jonathan Feeley kicked the last score of the half to leave Belcoo winning 1-5 to 0-2 at the interval.
Again the Harps started the half quicker and registered 2 points to close the gap to just four points. A great catch by Patrick Burns in the 6th minute set up Belcoo's first score of the half, Shain Gallagher was the man to kick this score. Cox and Feeley combined before the latter was fouled and kicked the resulting free kick. It was again Jonathan Feeley who added Belcoo's next score and his fourth of the game to open up a sizable lead as the game moved into the final 10minutes.
The busy Barry McGovern operating on the half back line got forward and fisted a score before the other hardworking half back Stephen Nolan advanced forward and kicked a good score. In the dying moments Paul Duffy found the net to complete the scoring and secure a place in the semi final.
A man of the match award was given to Jonathan Feeley who had a excellent hour but in truth the whole squad and management must be commended for their achievements considering they haven't had much competitive football over the last 3months.
Please keep checking the website for details of the Semi-Final draw, which is expected to take place later in the week.
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